If, like me, you enjoy food and you crave variety, there is only one hotel in Doha that you need to be visiting at the moment to get your fix. Intercontinental Doha The City houses some of my favourite restaurants in Qatar, and every single one of them is serving up something special this month. Here’s a rundown of some of the best of the offers – but be quick because there are only a matter of days left to get involved in a few of them!
Filipino Food Fiesta, 4-25 October 2016
Mabuhay! Don’t Hwang about because the chic and refined setting of the hotel’s Pan-Asian restaurant, Hwang, is hosting a fiesta for all of the senses which ends on the 25th of this month. Chef Michelle Adrillana (a well-known and super-talented chef as well as inspirational woman in all aspects of life…seriously, have a conversation with her if you can and you’ll see what I mean) has been flown in from the Philippines especially for the occasion, curating a menu which has taken traditional street food style dishes and made them accessible to those of us that have never tasted Filipino food before (me!), as well as providing a trip down memory lane for anyone that is familiar with the cuisine. I devoured every course, enjoying the new and unusual flavours, and lapped up the back story behind every dish.
Stand-out dishes: The Kwek Kwek (Deep fried, battered quail eggs with a sharp, sweet dipping sauce), Pansit Guisado (noodles with vegetables, chicken and seafood) and legendary Halo Halo (preserved fruits mixed up with mung beans, tapioca, milk and ice).
Also, don’t forget the Yum Cha Brunch which takes you on a culinary adventure of South-East Asia every Friday from 12pm – 4pm for only QAR 228 (QAR 338 including house beverages, and 448 for premium beverages).
Cheese and Vino Nights, every Tuesday 6 – 11pm
Since I first arrived in Doha, Prime has been one of my favourite steak restaurants in the city, not only because of the range and quality of the meat that’s served, but because of the passion that’s evident in the chef’s selection of melt-in-the-mouth cuts from around the world, along with well-seasoned accompaniments which serve to enhance rather than distract from the steak on your plate. I didn’t think it could get much better – that was, until the restaurant raised the steaks by introducing Cheese and Vino Tuesdays. And sweet cheesus, the range is good!
The low-down: QAR 129 for all you can eat cheese from the cheese bar; QAR 199 for all you can eat cheese plus three glasses of wine.
Also, don’t forget ‘Soiree Entrecôte’ on Wednesdays, where for QAR 250, unlimited ‘cooked to order’ steak plus a choice of sides, salads and signature sauces can be enjoyed amongst groups of friends or family. And dessert is thrown in too!
3. The Square
Me, You & Shrimp, every Wednesday 6 – 11pm
From the kitchens of this family-friendly restaurant come some of the most creative concepts that I have seen in this city, and ‘Me, You and Shrimp’ is no different. Presented with a plethora of different shrimp dishes to choose from, I was reminded of the scene in Forrest Gump where Bubba is describing his shrimp farm back home: “Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it..There’s shrimp kebobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo…”. Basically, if you’re a shellfish fan then this is shrimply the best way to spend a Wednesday evening in Doha: sitting back and enjoying some hardcore prawn.
The low-down: QAR 195 for all you can eat shrimp; QAR 295 including selected beverages.
Taste of Arabia, every Saturday 12 – 3pm
Drawing on colours, spices and flavours from across the Gulf region, Taste of Arabia offers a wide ranging buffet of authentic-tasting dishes with a few surprising twists. From shawarma to butter chicken, and a dessert table heaving with Arabic sweets, it’s incredibly easy to get curried away and eat far more than you originally intended, so stretchy pants are a must.
Stand-out dish: The chicken shawarma wrap, freshly made to order in front of you (including the flatbread itself) which is warm, aromatic and delicately flavoured…and had me coming back for more.
Also, don’t forget the restaurant’s Italian theme nights every Tuesday, and their fun ‘Bar Squared’ brunch on a Friday.
4. The Lobby Lounge
Pink Afternoon Tea, all of October 3 – 5pm
In honour of “Pink October”, the international breast cancer awareness month, the hotel is serving a pink-themed afternoon tea in their Lobby Lounge, including a selection of innovative savoury bites (think hummus eclairs and smoked salmon on pumpernickel tartine) and pretty-as-a-picture sweets. The perfect place to come and indulge the bulge; for once it will do wonders for your conscience.
Stand-out item: the absolutely mind-blowing pink raspberry eclairs.
Also, don’t forget the other promotions that the hotel is putting on for Pink October, including the ‘Pink Bar Squared Brunch’ on the 21st October and Strata’s ‘Pink Wednesdays’ where everyone who attends is in with a chance of winning a designer handbag.
It’s been a busy month so far for the Intercontinental Doha The City, and I’ve spent many an evening in this wonderful hotel. And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m going back again on Wednesday. It’s getting a bit embarrassing now, I feel like I’m starting to know the staff there better than some of my own neighbours…
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Follow Your Sunshine was a guest at Intercontinental Doha The City for several of the above promotions, but as always all views are my own.